30 April 2017

Greater China

  • The Danish Embassy in China has received a range of suggestions from Chinese people on how Denmark can resolve an oyster problem. Photo: Weibo

    Chinese netizens offer to help Denmark tackle oyster crisis

    Apr 28, 2017 4:43pm
    Chinese netizens have bombarded Denmark with all sorts of proposals after the European nation called for suggestions to help the country deal with an oyster crisis. Responding to an invitation for ideas to help resolve an...
  • Liang Sheng-yueh (R) was found alive nearly seven weeks after he went missing on a hiking trip in the Himalayas, but his girlfriend Liu Chen-chun was not so fortunate. Photos: Facebook/尼泊爾達人Ruby, YouTube

    Mixed luck on Taiwan trekking couple who went missing in Nepal

    Apr 28, 2017 2:21pm
    A Taiwanese man who went missing last month during a trekking trip in Nepal was rescued after 47 days, but his girlfriend who accompanied him died just three days before they were found. On Wednesday, a...
  • President Xi Jinping has presided over a withering crackdown on corruption, targeting officials at all levels. Photo: Reuters

    China releases addresses of fugitives holed up abroad

    Apr 28, 2017 8:37am
    China’s top anti-graft watchdog on Thursday released new information on 22 fugitives who are hiding out abroad down to the street names where they may live, Reuters reports. Chinese President Xi Jinping has overseen a multi-year...
  • Wanda Group Chairman Wang Jianlin speaks before a signing ceremony between his company and the Abbott World Marathon Majors in Beijing on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Wanda Group inks deal with Abbott World Marathon Majors

    Apr 27, 2017 3:09pm
    Dalian Wanda Group on Wednesday signed a partnership deal with the Abbott World Marathon Majors (WMM), in the latest move by the Chinese conglomerate to expand its global sports business. Under the deal, Wanda will hold three...
  • Chinese leader Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump reiterated their commitment to maintaining a positive relationship during Xi's recent visit to Trump's Florida estate. Photo: Reuters

    How US, China can tackle the employment challenge

    - Apr 27, 2017 11:34am
    Donald Trump’s rise to power in the United States involved more than a little China-bashing. Yet, with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Trump’s Florida estate earlier this month, it seems that the status quo in...
  • China's first domestically built aircraft carrier is seen during its launching ceremony in Dalian, Liaoning province. Photo: Reuters

    China launches first home-built aircraft carrier

    Apr 27, 2017 8:43am
    China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier on Wednesday amid rising tensions over North Korea and worries about Beijing’s assertiveness in the South China Sea, Reuters reports. China’s second carrier, built in the northeastern port...
  • Li Ruigang, “China's Murdoch”, made a winning bid of 8 billion yuan for the media rights of CSL for five years. Photo: Reuters

    China offers huge arena for sports media rights

    - Apr 26, 2017 3:31pm
    China’s recent investments in sports have intensified the competition for broadcasting rights, transforming games on dull, muddy pitches into a heart-stopping media war where billions of yuan are at stake. China Super League: from off-line to...
  • Dolce & Gabbana models pose at the Great Wall. Netizens are accusing the company of touting its products at the expense of locals. Photos:

    Netizens hit out at Dolce & Gabbana ad for discrimination

    Apr 26, 2017 2:24pm
    Luxury fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana (DG) is under fire after its latest advertising campaign offended some Chinese netizens. The campaign, dubbed DGLovesChina, depicts models mingling with locals, reports. Mainland netizens accused the company of...
  • Forgot your cash envelope for the newly weds? No worry, just scan a QR code! This is what guests were reportedly told at a wedding in Beijing last weekend. Photo: WeChat

    QR codes come into use for wedding cash gifts in China

    Apr 26, 2017 2:15pm
    The application range of QR codes just keeps getting wider in China. For Chinese people, giving cash gifts in red envelopes to newly-weds is a centuries-long tradition. But it appears the practice is about to get...
  • Phan Phan-Gillis has been sentenced to jail and ordered deported after pleading guilty to espionage. Photo: WSJ

    China convicts US businesswoman of spying

    Apr 26, 2017 8:37am
    A Chinese court convicted a long-detained American businesswoman of espionage and ordered her imprisoned and deported in a case seen as a barometer of US-China relations, the Wall Street Journal reports. After a half-day trial Tuesday,...
  • Viral images showing Chinese people drinking coffee from bizarre containers have nothing to do with Starbucks' Earth Day free giveaway, Xinhua news agency says. Photos: Wechat,

    Online pics on Starbucks China Earth Day giveaway are fake

    Apr 25, 2017 3:10pm
    Photos circulating online that suggest Chinese people used bizarre objects, such as washbasin and pot, as containers to get free coffee given away by Starbucks on Earth Day are not what they seem, China’s state media...
  • Disruptions caused by the internet and new technologies will cause a lot of pain for many people in the world in the coming decades, according to Jack Ma. Photo: Xinhua

    Why Jack Ma thinks we’ll see more pain than happiness in future

    - Apr 25, 2017 1:52pm
    You are not Jack Ma if you cannot impress your audience with some golden quotes that challenge your orthodox thinking. At an entrepreneurship conference in Zhengzhou, the Alibaba chairman made a point about who our closest...
  • Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen faces the tightening grip of China while finding the support of the US doubtful. Photo: Reuters

    Tsai is having a hard time dealing with two super powers

    - Apr 24, 2017 11:52am
    In a few weeks, Tsai Ing-wen will mark her first anniversary as president of Taiwan. However, her celebration is likely to be subdued since she is facing intractable problems with the world’s two most important powers...
  • Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying holds a meeting during a trip to Guangdong province where he discussed issues related to China's plan for closer integration in the Pearl River Delta region. Photo: TVB

    HK can contribute a lot to Greater Bay Area initiative: CY Leung

    Apr 20, 2017 1:40pm
    Hong Kong can play a key role in fulfilling China’s goals under the Greater Bay Area plan, given its established strengths as an international city, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said on Wednesday. During a trip to...
  • Hong Kong is ranked the fourth lowest in terms of business bribery risk, according to Global Business Bribery Risk Index released by TRACE International. Photo: Sina

    Promoting anti-corruption efforts with TV dramas

    - Apr 20, 2017 11:51am
    The Chinese anti-graft TV drama “In the Name of People” made a high-profile debut last month. Interestingly, senior officials of Hong Kong’s anti-graft agency, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), are also fans of the mainland...
  • President Xi Jinping has repeatedly stressed that the Xiongan New Area will strictly adhere to the principles of green economy and environmental protection. Photo: Bloomberg

    Xiongan seen as testing ground for new socialism

    - Apr 19, 2017 10:09am
    After the Chinese government revealed its Xiongan New Area plan, many started thinking about another megalopolis in the making.  But as more details came out during the Easter holiday, Xiongan’s future looks nothing like that at...
  • The new  rules will affect all so-called network operators, which encompass technology companies, as well as other firms that do business through computer networks such as financial institutions. Photo: WSJ

    China tightens regulation of digital information

    Apr 12, 2017 8:34am
    Foreign companies with business operations in China will be required to apply for permission to transfer data out of the country under draft rules released Tuesday. It is the government’s latest move to tighten regulation of...
  • Many people understandably felt considerable trepidation in the run-up to Donald Trump’s summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping (right). Photo: Reuters.

    Crouching Donald, paper tiger

    - Apr 11, 2017 3:57pm
    Donald Trump’s comments about China during the US presidential campaign didn’t exactly bolster high hopes for Sino-American relations once he was elected. Trump denounced China for “taking our jobs,” and “ hundreds of billions of dollars...
  • Xiang Junbo is under investigation for bribery. China's top insurance regulator has long been rumored to be involved in shenanigans in the industry. Photo: Reuters

    How a TV drama is fueling Chinese anger against graft

    - Apr 11, 2017 12:26pm
    Xiang Junbo, China’s top insurance regulator, has been placed under investigation for “severe violations of discipline,” which usually means taking bribes. By coincidence, In the Name of the People, a TV drama series featuring high-level government...
  • Many of the highly polluting industrial plants and intensive farms currently in Beijing will be relocated to Xiongan. Photo: Reuters

    Can man really prevail over nature?

    - Apr 11, 2017 10:42am
    The media hype over the proposed Xiongan New Area has triggered a frenzy of buying into stocks related to the development program, which officials have referred to as a monumental state project that will have implications for...

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